My Memories at The Handlebar


The Handlebar in Greenville, SC announced Sunday that they were closing their doors in April and reopening at another location in September.  This has come to a big shock to a lot of people including myself because The Handlebar has been a staple in our community for a while.  There’s lots of ideas and information about what’s going on with them, but at this point I want to focus on the positives.

The Handlebar is one of the premier location for music entertainment in the Upstate for a while and opened its current location 2001.  I didn’t get to see them in the other location but I have had many great memories at the current location and wanted to just share them.

The Handlebar is where I saw Shinedown, Crossfade and Kelen Heller for the first time.  I’ve actually seen Crossfade there twice.  Kelen Heller is a local band that I fell in love with and saw them there first.  And Shinedown…was amazing.  I had just lost a good friend and their cover of 45 got me through it.  It was amazing!  I remember leaving with blood on my shirt that wasn’t mine.  Lol if you don’t get it…you just don’t.

It’s also where I hosted 2 successful Bachelor Auctions raising money for charity.  Kathy, one of the owners, was so instrumental in helping with this.  They donated the space to us and her and John were so gracious.  We raised a lot of money and had a lot of fun.  It’s where my dad wooed a bunch of women with his Harley and brought in the prize of $800!

It’s where Tribble Reese kissed my check.  Ok, so this isn’t that big of a deal but it kinda was.  Before he was the star of CMT’s Sweet Home Alabama or Bravos The New Atlanta, Tribble played football for Clemson and was named one of Cosmopolitan’s Sexiest Bachelors.  AND I got to auction him off.  He was so sweet and down to earth.  He is the BEST hugger and the night of the event, he kissed me on the cheek and wished me luck.  I mean…it was a big deal and YES DEAR LORD he is sexier in person.  Made this little Fat Girls night!


It’s where I met Gareth Asher and Illbreak in person.  Another band I followed and fell in love with.  It’s also where I hung out with Amy Wood the first time and realized that she was SUPER cool and my FAVORITE news personality.  And where John and Pamela realized I am cool…kinda. 

And last but not least, it’s where a brother and sister bonded over Apocalyptica.  Lane and I have been following them since he played cello and I played viola in middle school.  We won ticket’s from 93.3 The Planet and we went together.  Beforehand, Lane was able to get my viola signed by the whole band AND we won tickets to meet and greet with them…SWOON!  Lane got to introduce them on stage and honestly it was the absolute perfect night!

There are many more memories I just can’t remember at this moment but The Handlebar has meant a lot to me and others in the community.  It’s a place where hard working bands get a chance and where fans get a little closer to their favorite music.  It’s the perfect venue and the food is great.  To top if off, Kathy and John make you feel welcomed, loved and accepted…no matter what you look like.  It’s just a good place. 

They plan to open back up in September bigger and better and I, for one, can’t wait!  If you’ve never caught a show there and you live in the area…shame on you!  Check out their upcoming shows and try to get in there before they close in April…even if only for lunch.  Support local businesses and local artists!


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5 comments on My Memories at The Handlebar

  1. Virginia Gurley says:

    I can remember The Handlebar in its old location in the Mill buildings off of Mills avenue. I saw Richard Thompson there and it was absolutely beautiful. I have come to like the location on Stone but I have secretly always missed the feeling of seeing a show in those old halls. Hopefully the new location will create new memories too 🙂

    • Courtney says:

      I never had the pleasure of seeing them in the old space…I was still a newbie to this area and hell bent on moving back to Charlotte so I didn’t immerse myself. I am anxious to see what happens in September, I am sure they will not disappoint!

  2. Virginia Gurley says:

    George Clinton and the P funk band was an awesome nite but Ziggy Marley was my favorite!

  3. Jill Plating says:

    Lots and lots of memories…but my favorite has to be Gillian Welch and her opener “The Old Crow Medicine Show”…in, I think, maybe 2002? Fuzzy….but wow…what a great show. First time I ever saw Old Crow and Welch and Rawlings are always phenomenally talented. Genius!